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Update From WNF on COVID-19

Key Points

  • The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) originating in Wuhan, China was first identified in early January.
  • There is not enough information yet to determine the incubation period, the rate of infection or the initial source of the virus.
  • If you have travelled to China (or another significantly affected area) in the last two weeks, or if you have been in contact with someone who has and fell unwell, call your local health authorities. Do NOT go to your naturopathic practitioner, walk-in clinic or hospital if you suspect that you have the COVID-2019 as you risk spreading it to others.
  • If you suspect that you may have the COVID-2019 contact your state/territory / provincial health unit or communicable disease branch for advice on how to proceed.

British Naturopathic Association issues position statement on coronavirus


In light of recent negative press articles, the British Naturopathic Association would like to make it clear that its members make no claims that they can treat the 2019-nCoV (coronavirus) infection and is not aware of any research that proves that the virus can be successfully treated using naturopathic care.

We have advised our practitioners that if patients are seeking care or guidance,or there is any suspicion that they may have come into contact with the
coronavirus, they should immediately refer patients to health officials in their area in line with government guidelines.

Most people with the common human coronavirus will recover on their own but naturopathic medicine could help support the body's self-healing ability and remove obstacles to healing in the following ways:

Eight ways natural medicine could help you stay healthy this winter

Naturopathic medicine combines ancient traditional healing techniques with modern scientific-based medicine to treat patients holistically. A naturopath focuses on the whole person and aims to get to the root cause of an illness rather than simply treat symptoms.

Naturopaths believe in preventing illness and use techniques to harness the body’s own healing ability. As part of this they may suggest herbal remedies, dietary changes, regular exercise and techniques to reduce stress such as massage and yoga.

Many of these remedies can be delivered alongside conventional medical treatment.

Safety is of the utmost importance and it is vital that patients consult a registered naturopath when seeking treatment.

Members of the General Council and Register of Naturopaths (GCRN) are trained to degree level and must follow a strict code of conduct and meet ethical standards of practice. The GCRN is the largest and oldest registering body for practitioners of naturopathy in the UK.

Tom Greenfield has been a member of the GCRN for 21 years. Here he shares his advice on how stay healthy this winter:


General Council and Register of Naturopaths statement on life-ban of Australian 'naturopath'

The General Council and Register of Naturopaths (GCRN) has issued a statement on Australian ‘naturopath’, Barbara O’Neill, who was banned from practising for life by the New South Wales Health Care Complaints Commission.

The HCCC found that Mrs O’Neill, who had no formal training in naturopathy or any other health discipline, misled vulnerable clients with ‘dubious and dangerous health claims’, including that cancer was a fungus and could be cured by bicarbonate of soda and that pregnant women should not take antibiotics for streptococcus B infections because ‘no baby has ever died from Strep B catching out of birth’. Figures actually show that early-onset Strep B has a fatality rate of 14% in newborn babies, which is reduced by 80% with antibiotics.

President of the GCRN, Aliyyaa Spring-Charles, said: “I was horrified to learn about this case and saddened that the actions of one person, who was an unregistered naturopath, have tarnished the reputation of our profession. Read more...

Inaugural naturopath summit to focus on hormonal conditions

The British Naturopathic Association will focus on demystifying hormones at its inaugural summit next month, it has announced.
The event, which will take place on 16 November 2019 at London’s British College of Osteopathy (BCOM), will focus on the symptoms, causes and treatment of hormonal disorders from a naturopathic perspective. Read more...

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